Sunday, July 24, 2016

ETERNAL ELYSIUM: Resonance of Shadows
Home Run: Unbridled Heavy Metal Creativity
Eternal Elysium is the second veteran Japanese heavy-metal band to release its best album ever this year.  Church of Misery, with the heavy album-of-the-year so far, in my opinion, and now Eternal Elysium, with their June release, "Resonance of Shadows."  Eternal Elysium are three musicians who truly love what they do.  They experiment as they please, but are in their core a band who loves a heavy sound.  This album is their most approachable and most addictive by far to date.  Check out these tunes from the new album, and see if the word "epic" doesn't keep coming to mind for you.  Here is the lead track, "Ingah":
And now "Views On C #":
Eternal Elysium Is (right to left):

YUKITO OKAZAKI
Vocals & Guitars

TANA HAUGO (from Minnesota!)
Bass
ANTONIO ISHIKAWA
Drums


That's all for now, comin' at ya again next weekend.  Glad to see Grownman back in action; he's a true professional.  Over and out  -ULTRA

Thursday, July 21, 2016

TBT - Marilyn Manson's Born Villain


Born Villain is often overlooked album in the Marilyn Manson catalogue. His last few albums have not garnered the attention of his earlier material but I believe most fans should give this album another listen. I was really entertained by his last album and Born Villain seems to be the introduction to the slower stripped down style of that album. Manson recently announced his next album Say10 will be in our ears next year around Valentines. For now enjoy this gem.

Newsted returns with "Would and Steal"


Jason Newsted left all social media outlets in 2014 after an extensive tour with his band NEWSTED. He has recently returned to announce a new project that will be "mostly" acoustic called Would and Steal. Look forward to hearing what this new material sounds like as Newsted often marches to his own beat.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

STONER ROCK FLASHBACK: SUPLECS
Much like my last post, here is another really cool band that has put out a handful of albums spaced out over a large window of time, with no recent releases but still doing the occasional live show.  Formed in the nineties, in New Orleans, Suplecs is named after the famous wrestling move, and the band's first two album covers indicate their love for wrestling.
Here are a few of my favorite Suplecs tunes: 
("I've been hiding in your bushes...ever since you left me.....I'm gonna stalk you....if you don't want me to....You'd better take me back")


Apparently there have been some recent shows:

Suplecs Are:
Durel Yates - guitar, vocals 
Danny Nick - bass, vocals 
Andrew Preen - Drums

Over & Out   -ULTRA


Sunday, July 10, 2016

METAL FLASHBACK: PUYA

Puya is a heavy metal shooting star; brilliant and awe-inspiring, but fleeting.  Since 1995, they have released three studio albums, an EP and a live album.  But if you are not familiar with Puya, what a treat you are in for.  When I say that Puya consists of top-notch musicians, I don't think the words do enough justice for the level of talent that this band from Puerto Rico contains.  They seamlessly transition from metal to Latin, from rage to relaxed, without missing a beat.  My first introduction to the band was the tune "Fake", which appeared on a metal compilation album a friend of mine lent me, somewhere in the vicinity of the year 2000.  The tune was one of the few standouts from the compilation, and inspired me to purchase the album "Fundamental" (on cassette by the way).  After a few listens I NEEDED more, and got "Union" a couple of years later (on CD).  Union is a flawless masterpiece of non-traditional heavy metal for which no close substitute has ever been recorded. Here are two songs each from "Fundamental" and  "Union", but Puya's other releases are of equal quality.  First, the tune that first hooked me, "Fake":
(Lyrics are an equal mix of Spanish and English)
Now here's the next track on this album, the title track, "Fundamental", with bonus animated gratuitous violence included in the video:
Now hear Puya take their craft to the next level with the 2001's "Union" (the last full-length recording we got from these guys).  First, a straight-up metal track, "Socialize":

Now perhaps the most famous tune from "Union", "Pa' Ti Pa' Mi"
(think Carlos Santana after deciding he loves heavy metal)
If you already knew about Puya, maybe I inspired you to play one of their albums you haven't heard in a while.  If you are new to Puya, I hope I have inspired you to pick up one of their albums; you won't be disappointed by any of them.  By the way, it appears that Puya is about to do a live show: Puya News  Maybe a new album can happen soon???
Ramon Ortiz – guitars
Eduardo Paniagua – drums
Harold Hopkins Miranda– bass guitar
Sergio Curbelo – vocals
In any event, stay heavy.  This post is dedicated to Grownman, who I'm sure is workin' his tail off and will most likely return to posting soon with a vengeance.  Until  next weekend, I'm out
-ULTRA

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Review: Honky "Corduroy"

HONKY: Corduroy
Flawless, 1970's inspired Guitar Rock
(just don't blink)
If you do, you will find that the album is over.  Cover to cover, it's just shy of 30 minutes.  However, if you already had Honky's cover of Pat Travers' "Snortin' Whiskey", and don't count the 40 second a cappella version of Led Zep's "Moby Dick", the album is even shorter than that.  Only their 5th studio album since 1998, the band puts out albums on a similar pace with TOOL.  They execute so flawlessly, it gives the impression that despite the fact that they are expert at this style of rock, perhaps it is too easy, or boring for them and consequently they just release something whenever the mood hits.  Every tune is different in style, but here is the lead and also the title track, "Corduroy": (at about 1:45 they just start showing off- awesome)
Now check out this 2013 footage of Honky playing with Dale Crover (Melvins) on drums.  Dale is freakin' Superman in this footage.
Honky is an awesome band.  (Honky's "421" is one of the coolest rock albums you can get your hands on by the way).  The good news is that everything Honky puts out is quality.  The bad news is that Honky seems to be no one in the band's full-time gig.
Corduroy line-up:
Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers): Bass, Vocals
Bobby "Ed" Landgraf (Down): Guitar, Vocals
Trinidad Leal (Dixie Witch) & Dale Crover (Melvins) & Michael Brueggen & Lance Farley: Drums

You can get "Corduroy" on Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records here: Corduroy on Housecore

-Happy Fourth, Light it up!  (I'm talking about fireworks)
-ULTRA

Friday, June 24, 2016

Farflung "5" Review

FARFLUNG: 5


Sonic Cool
I don't see any way that Farflung's "5" fails to make my top ten list for 2016.  Now in its second decade of being different than everyone else, Farflung has released its best album yet.  For the uninitiated, Farfung is frequently labeled "Space Rock" or stoner rock, but I would say we hear musicians influenced by punk, heavy metal, hard rock and maybe dance rock.  Their tunes swirl and evolve, always with catchy rhythms and a unique really cool sound, creating sonic atmospheres like nobody else.  Here is track #5, "Lupine": (volume is your friend here)

Faflung had the perfect follow-up to that one: track #6, "Being Boiled":

Farflung are true artists, and bring dedication,sincerity and originality to the table with every release.
They are:

- Tommy Grenas / vocals, synth
- Michael Esther / guitar
- Ryan Kirk / guitar
- Andrew Scott / guitar
- Paul Hischier / bass
- Rodney Rodriguez / drums (awesome)
 
Note: Score another one for Heavy Psych Sounds Records.  

Later, 
-ULTRA